Sudan, Ethiopia hold first talks on controversial Nile dam since April 2021

Ethiopia Renaissance Dam
Water flows through Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam as it undergoes construction work on the river Nile in Guba Woreda, Benishangul Gumuz Region, Ethiopia September 26, 2019. Picture taken September 26, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

NAIROBI (Somaliguardian) – Sudan and Ethiopia held talks on the controversial Renaissance Dam in Khartoum on Thursday, the first since African Union-sponsored negotiations in Congo had broken down in April last year, Sudan Tribune reported on Friday.

It came after Ethiopia had begun producing electricity last month from its Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) amid concerns raised by its downstream neighbors, Sudan and Egypt that the operating of the hydro-power plant will cause water shortages.

Sudanese Minister of Irrigation and Ethiopian Ambassador to Sudan were among officials present at the meeting, who both stressed the necessity of restoring friendly relations and addressing Sudanese fears over water shortages due to the operation of the dam.

At the meeting in Khartoum, Sudanese officials asked Ethiopia to stop withholding information on the operation of the GERD.

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